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Mission Stmt

Mission Statement

The Harding Township Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1977 to stimulate interest in the history of Harding Township. The Society shall support, assist in and seek to achieve the preservation of documents, buildings and sites related to Harding Township. It shall also collect, preserve, maintain and interpret original cultural material, which illuminates this history. In addition, The Society is responsible for preserving and maintaining the Tunis-Ellicks House and environs. Through use of its historic site, collections and programs, the society endeavors to document and illustrate the history of Harding Township for present and future generations.

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Our Board

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President :                            Kevin Doherty

First Vice President:           Kevin Griffin

Second Vice President:      Betty D'Esterhazy

Treasurer:                             Linda Simonsen

Secretary:                             Luis Flores

Trustees:                              Pat Burke

  Janet Doherty

  Francis Hayes

  Diane Hinds 

  Julia Kovacs

  Jamie Miller

  Betty Mills

  Jane Riley

                                               Leslie Potashner

  Sally Quinn

  Bryan Szerlip        

Emeritus:                             Jon Miller

Archivists:                           Mary Pendergast

                                              Chris Allyn

Newsletter Editor:              Leslie Potashner

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HTHS History

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The Harding Township Historical Society was formed in 1977 to save the circa 1795 Tunis-Ellicks House and restore it as it appeared in the early 19th century. The society discovered an original 18th century hearth and Federal-style mantel and a water-fed cooling room besides the well.  Areas of the house were left exposed to showcase the post-and-beam construction. A permanent exhibit on 19th century farming was created as well as space for temporary exhibits. 


The Society saved a circa 1870 Tramp House from destruction when the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was created by having the building moved the Tunis-Ellicks House property. 


The Harding Township Historical Society maintains an extensive archive containing records, maps, and objects since the colonial era pertaining to the town. The archive is open to researchers, genealogists and the public.


Each year we provide an award  to a student at the Harding Township School that excels in the subject of history.


The Society produces exhibits, lectures, tours, and interactive events to bring history to the public.

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Our Members

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Our members share a sense of pride associated with their affiliation to our township's

historical society. Not only it signifies a commitment to preserving and promoting our

local history and heritage, but also in ensuring that current stories and traditions are

continuously safeguarded for future generations. As a member, you will receive our

quarterly newsletter, invitations to educational programs and events, and access to

our expanded collections beyond our public access.

Make a difference by joining us today. Our member fees for patrons, families and

individuals are indicated below.

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Join Us!

Become a member and receive our biannual newsletter and free admission to our lectures and events.

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Patron         $ 50

Family         $ 30

Individual    $ 20

If you prefer to send us a check through regular mail, please do so at HTHS 16 VILLAGE ROAD, PO Box 1776,   NEW VERNON, NJ  07976.

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